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Alan Surtees

When Alan told me he was moving Bridgnorth Festival to the site in Shrewsbury, it was his enthusiasm for a new venture that made me and many others think “this is bound for glory and success”.

Always a great supporter of AFO and kind enough to say AFO helped him get on with the challenges of an event on the move and growing, it is with great sadness that this day is marked with his passing.

I’m sure that the team at Shrewsbury Folk Festival will have sad moments in the final stages of festival planning and over the weekend.
A particularly difficult time for Sandra, but I believe they will pull together and deliver a first-class festival in proud memory of its founder and driving force.

Love and best wishes to Sandra and the Shrewsbury Team.

Steve Heap, General Secretary, AFO

Statement from Shrewsbury Folk Festival

It is with immense sadness that we have to announce the death of our co-director Alan Surtees following a short illness.

It was Alan’s vision and passion, along with that of his wife Sandra, which turned the idea they had 20 years ago of a folk festival for Shropshire into the major event that we enjoy today.

He loved everything about the festival but most of all the people – the performers, the volunteers, the visitors. Nothing made him happier than the sight of people having a great time while listening to fabulous music.

Alan was someone who embraced life and lived it to the full. His joie d’vivre and irreverent sense of humour were infectious and he was always the life and soul of any party.

The show will, of course, go on this year and in future years. Alan would want nothing less and it will be the most fitting way to honour his memory.

AFO: 30th Jun 2017 12:46:00


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